Upstage Left | Intimate Conversations with New York Theater
An Interview with Fiasco Theater's Jessie Austrian & Noah Brody
April 06, 2019
Rachel Lin / Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody
Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody are two of Fiasco Theater's co-founding members and co-artistic directors. In addition to running a company celebrated for their productions of Shakespeare & Sondheim - they're both actors, teachers, and directors. Their production of Merrily We Roll Along co-produced with Roundabout Theatre Company has been extended until April 14 at the Laura Pels Theater.
They joined forces after graduate school at Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program, and have been making theater together ever since. We talk about their post grad school, pre Fiasco years, the broken model for acting classes and training in New York, their advice to their younger selves, and their hopes for American Theater.
A few thoughts from this episode:
- "There is no path. Despite fact that it can look like there is a path."
- "Have the courage and the trust to step into yourself as soon as you can. But I also want to honor that sometimes you can’t until you’re ready"
- "You never know where you are in the arc of your own journey."
- "The only way to hope to create something beautiful, is by taking a big risk. So how big of a risk are we going to let ourselves take, and what are we going to learn from it?"
Tickets to Merrily We Roll Along available here. Support the show
Use code: MWRFIASCO1 to get $50 off tickets until 4/14!
More info about Fiasco here.
Music by: David Hilowitz
Post Grad School / Pre Fiasco Days
Advice to your younger self
Hopes for the American Theater